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Skipping ahead again, because I'm so behind:

Day 13
In your own space, write about a moment in fandom that meant a lot to you. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


A long, long time ago, when tapes were still the norm for people trading vids and there really was no viable streaming medium (and anything you put online had to be super low quality and the size of a postage stamp), [personal profile] feochadn and I were finishing up compiling a bunch of vids for what would become our first collection together, primarily because I really wanted a way to get our Magnificent 7 vids out there and Jo's Band of Brothers vid to Ebben? Ne andro lontana. I'd posted asking if people would be interested in a collection, and because she is one of the kindest people on the planet, [personal profile] killabeez offered to make us a DVD if anyone would prefer that instead of videotape. The times, they were a-changing, but there were still just as many people who had no way to play discs as had no way to play VHS tapes, and I was so blown away that not only could someone take our VCR-made vids and make a playable DVD but that she was volunteering to do so.

I made a poll to see how many people would prefer discs and there were enough, so we put together a master tape with all the vids, and sent them off to killa, and she sent me a test disc and I couldn't believe my eyes! It was magic! Sorcery! I had only just gotten a computer that was capable of vidding, but here were vids on a lossless medium! It was amazing. And then on top of that she created the title cards for each of the vids and I think if I recall correctly duplicated them for us so we could mail them out to people who had purchased them. It was amazing! And all I could do really was write fic with a pairing she liked, which still feels wholly inadequate. But it meant so much to me--I didn't have the technology, but I knew people were interested in the vids, and I wanted to move into the 21st century, but I didn't know how, and like so many times since then, killa's been my guiding light about how to do that, has helped me through tech problems that I don't know how to solve myself. ♥ ♥

Date: 2017-01-15 08:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sperrywink
That is so cool, and a piece of fannish history, really. But, yeah, fans pulling together that way and spreading media- absolutely wonderful!

Date: 2017-01-15 04:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anoel
Awww I love this story and yes, Killa is amazingly generous and has helped me in the past. My first, wow fandom is generous, moment happened when I wanted to see episodes from a TV show from back in the day but couldn't because there was no reruns or downloadable option and a random person from a Yahoo group sent me videotapes with the episodes. The kindness was my first intro to the sharing of fandom and I loved it.

Also I'm forever touched that you helped me with that college essay from way back <3 And thanks for answering my questions last month, I loved your answers and will respond when I get a chance :)
Edited Date: 2017-01-15 04:10 pm (UTC)

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